Postdoctoral Research Associate

Atlanta, Georgia
At least $50,000 + benefits
September 05 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Postdoc will join Professor Eric Gaucher’s group and be tasked with manipulating components (RNAs and proteins) of the ribosome-mediated translation machinery. This project is part of a large Department of Defense consortium grant that involves Northwestern, Univ. of Texas and Univ. of Illinois. To accomplish our aim, the Postdoc will be tasked with utilizing their expertise in synthetic biology and microbial assays to engineer components of the protein translation system to incorporate unnatural amino acids into protein (50%). The Postdoc will design mutant libraries for tRNA, EF-Tu and ribosomal RNA and also conduct assays to determine optimal tRNA/EF-Tu pairs capable of delivering particular unnatural amino acids (30%).

In addition to research, this position will offer career training opportunities to expand the Postdoc’s development in a creative and interactive environment. The Postdoc will be expected to serve as a mentor to graduate and undergraduate students, publish abstracts and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, as well as present at local, national, and international venues (20%).

  • Expertise in synthetic biology and microbial assays (synthetic gene/construct design, genetic manipulation, protein production and characterization, cellular-based assays, etc.)
  • Experience with bacterial cell culture
  • Highly skilled in enzyme engineering and sequence analysis
  • Strong preference in experience utilizing molecular and cellular assays to observe the downstream effects of integrating unnatural amino acids into proteins
  • Proven ability to work independently and in collaborative team environments

Please submit a complete curriculum vitae (CV), cover letter, contact information for 2-3 references, and proof of academic status. Applicant must have a PhD in Biology, Biotechnology/Bioengineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or other related disciplines with relevant experience.

GSU is the largest university in the state of Georgia and one of the largest urban research universities in the US. In 2015, Georgia State was recognized as one of the top-ten fastest growing research universities in the country based on its percent increase in NIH funding, and Biology faculty were awarded more than $6.5M in external funding. In 2016, US News and World Report ranked GSU at #4 in Innovation and #8 for Best Undergraduate Teaching.

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